Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Goldie Blox: Toys for Future Innovators

The idea behind creating GOLDIE BLOX is to shake off the motion that girls are only good for certain type of jobs. The company is doing this "disrupting the pink aisle" through doing construction toys for girls the right way by combining stories with building skills and keeping the color pink down to reasonable level.

According to the founder and CEO Debbie Sterling, there are only 13% of female engineer and 87% of male engineer worldwide.

There are 3 different types of books targeting different aspects of promoting Toys for Future Innovators.

The first one is GoldieBlox and the Spinning Machine $29.99. It is a book series plus construction set starring Goldie, the girl inventor. The book will help to builds spatial skills, engineering principles, and confidence in problem-solving. Also comes equipped with 16 design ideas and unlimited building possibilities.

The second book is GoldieBlox and the Parade Float $19.99 series plus construction set introducing Ruby, Goldie's best friend and princess-turned-engineer. This books helps to builds spatial skills, engineering principles, and confidence in problem-solving. Also comes equipped with 9 design ideas, a DIY project, and unlimited building possibilities. It is compatible with all other GoldieBlox toys.

The third one is GoldieBlox and the Dunk Tank $19.99 series book series plus construction set where Goldie and friends devise a plan to get Nacho clean in time for the carnival. This book helps to builds spatial skills, engineering principles (hinges and levers) and confidence in problem-solving. Also comes equipped with 3 design ideas and unlimited building possibilities. It is compatible with all other GoldieBlox toys.   

For The Playful Boys And Girls : NOTABLE MOUSTACHE KIT

If you are looking for ways to keep the kids entertain during the holidays or you are simply looking for ways to add some creativity into their plays, you could consider this mini moustache kit featuring six funny stick-on styles, from handlebars to muttonchops. It is suitable for adults and children alike.

If you are having a dinner parties, it could make a good conversation starter that doubles as the perfect disguise.

Lawnmower Push Toy By Brimful

If you are regular reader of this blog, you would already know that I love wooden toys. Apart from being sturdy and long lasting, it has this old fashion look about it that I truly enjoy. I have just discovered this wooden lawnmower push toy which I truly love and I can it becoming a starting point for conversations each time you have a guest or family visiting.

The handmade wooden toy measures 24 inches long and comes with  six brightly coloured balls that tumble as the wooden cage rolls.

Custom Made Rugs At Pottery Barn Kids

I came across these loving selections of custom made rugs for kids bedroom made by expert craftsmen at Capel. As the rugs are custom made they can not be return. There are so many colours to chose from all of which are available in four different sizes 3 by 5, 5 by 7, 7 by 9 and 9 by 12.

I have featured two types of custom rugs suitable for either boys and girls. There are so many styles and colours with variations in pattern that it is worth checking out - custom rugs for kids

Boys' Capel Oval Rug From $199

Capel Spiral Oval Rug From $199

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Step2wo: Statement Gladitator Sandals For Girls

This mini me fashion trend doesn't look like it is not going end, when something fashionable is created for the adult, there's little boy or girl out there wanting the same or similar item to be made for them too. Take for example this gladiator sandals, few season back it was all the rage as every single fashion conscious celebrity were seen in them either out and about or on their way to Coachella.

Right now Step2wo a footwear brand for kids and adult alike has now made a mini me version of the gladiator sandals in three different colours in gold, pink and silver called the Nefertiti leather sandals.

It feature adjustable Velcro straps to ensure a perfectly snug fit. They have been designed with a zip fastening at the back so feet can be effortlessly slipped in.  If you also happens to be up to UK adult size 5 you can also enjoy buying a pair for yourself too.

Junior Gaultier Blue Dip Dye Blazer

This blazer is a bit different in the sense it features a granulation of colours in different shades of blue. It starts off with light blue and then graduates into darker shades of blue towards the very end. The funky blazer is suitable for that young man who is not afraid of being centre of attention because the blazer is certainly usual.

You can get experimental with this blazer by pairing it with a shorts preferably in white or a sky blue chino trousers for that funky spring and summer look. It is 100% cotton.

Lego Toys Better Than Easter Egg

It so easy for us to think that the only presents to give the little man or woman is an Easter egg. For those of us wanting something much more significant other than the edible chocolate might consider these lovely selections of Lego. One thing for sure is that they would last longer than the Easter egg. Better still, you can actually go generous and buy one Lego toy and one Easter egg which makes the perfect equilibrium.

Below are some lovely Easter gift ideas all under £20 to consider buying for your precious ones.

My first pick from the under £20 Lego is the:
Lego Creative Bucket £19.99

It has all sort of colours that will appeal both to girls and boys. It is for age group 4 to 99 years old. It contains about 600 pieces and the pieces can be use to build elements such as animals, buildings, and vehicles or anything that tickles your imagination! Perfect for spending time with the kids.

Lego Creative Ice Cream £12.99

This creative ice cream Lego is available in 24 pieces and is part of the DUPLO range is suitable for toddlers. They will enjoy playing with the cones, bricks and toppings to see who can make the biggest, tastiest or craziest ice cream cone! Suitable for 1.5 to 5 years old.

Lego Junior Vehicle Suitcase £19.99

This 145 pieces of Lego Vehicle Suitcase is suitable for ages 4 -8. The theme of this Lego set is a business guy who needs help from the gas station mechanic to keep his sports car fuelled up and on the road.

Monday, 21 April 2014

Joules Frill Rose Top Really Lovely And Versatile

I really love this blue blouse by Joules, at least for one thing it is made of cotton and it has the look that makes it a lot more stylish than an ordinary looking t-shirt.

Below are two very different but equally stylish ideas on how the frilly blue top can be worn.

Outfit 1

Girls Frill Rose Top By Joules £15.95 / Sunglow Cropped Rolled Ups £21.36 / Kin by John Lewis Yellow Leather Sandals From £18

Outfit 2

Girls Frill Rose Top By Joules £15.95 / Somerset by Alice Temperley Girls' Somerset Embroidered Skirt In Cream £17.50 / Rose Gold Strappy Sandals By Pom D'api £75

Sunday, 20 April 2014

Furniture Of The Week: Grey Long Hair Rocking Sheep By Povl Kjer

This week's furniture of the week might seem a little bit too odd looking. I am featuring this quirky handmade grey long hair rocking sheep by Povl Kjer. This can be placed either in playroom or bedroom. Among all the furniture of the week that I have featured on this blog, this would have to be my least favourite so far.

The object is carved from solid pine wood and upholstered in lambskin and is finished off with luxuriously soft grey wool fur.

Toys Cameras For Kids

I know what some of you parents might be thinking, the little bundle of joy is too young to start handling cameras. Fear not as all the cameras featured below as they are all toys. One good thing with toys is that it might trigger a genuine interest in your child that he or she could actually be classified as a budding photographer.

Below are some of my favourites toy cameras that will appeal to both little boys and girls. The cool toy cameras will encourage creativity as well as trying to keep the child occupy as they pretend to photo bomb.

Personalized Wooden Toy Camera - Eco-Friendly   £20.79

This handmade camera is made of wood, beeswax and oil. Makes a perfect pretend play for babies, toddlers, pre-schoolers. It can be given as a gift for a boy or a girl.

Personalized Wooden Toy Camera - Eco-friendly Imagination Toy - Pretend Play for a Baby, Toddler, Preschooler - Gift for a Boy or a Girl

Camera Kaleidoscope  From Land Of The Nod $14.95

While it may not take actual pictures, it does have a kaleidoscope inside to entertain your little one.

This pretend wooden camera is made of walnut, alder and birch with a red fibre handle for baby to carry it around. It allows the little one to peek through the viewfinder, rotate the lens to focus, and push the springy button to take a picture.
If your child is a fan of the Disney film  - Toy Story, he or she will love to have this camera.
The iconic Changeable Disk Camera, originally introduced in 1968, is back for a new generation of children to enjoy. This adorable camera features interchangeable picture disks that are advanced by pressing the "shutter" button. Other features include a take along strap for the aspiring photographer on the go and a rotating flash cube. Comes complete with 3 picture disks featuring: Nursery Rhymes, Goldilocks and The Three Bears, and Animals and their Babies.
In a flash! This Mickey Mouse Talking Toy Camera is the picture perfect way for youngsters to have fun. Press the shutter to activate flash and hear Mickey say different phrases including, ''One more time, big smile now!''
Mickey Mouse Camera - Talking Toy

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Lion And Monkey Shoes By Mud Pie

When I first saw these shoes, my heart melted straight away. There are not only cute and adorable but there are also wonderfully made. Both of the shoes are made of leather by a company called Mud Pie.

Founded in 1988 by Marcia Miller, Mud Pie is an award-winning manufacturer of adorably packaged and innovatively designed gifts. This special promotion features the cutest range of garments for babies and toddlers. Filled with friendly faces, gorgeous patterns and a whole host of lovely themes, this collection is certain to bring a smile to parents and delight their little ones too.

They are on sale at Achica which is members only luxury lifestyle store. So you would need to register to become a member which is done straight away. 

Outfit Of The Week: David Charles Pink Brocade Dress

I just love the texture of this dress. It is very easy to go for the usual white and ivory coloured dress for the potential flower girls. But if I was choose and I have unlimited budget, I would go for this pink brocade dress. The shade of pink is very pastel and would very well suit the spring and summer theme weddings.

It features pink and gold patterned metallic brocade dress with a pretty bow and pearl beads on the waist. It has a silky-soft lining with a tulle hem to create a full shape.

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Cute Cameras For Kids

As the weather becomes warmer, it means that we are more likely to go out more as we all enjoy the spring and summer seasons. As a parent, you can go a step further and empower your kids with kids friendly cameras that will help the budding photographer capture important and timeless moments in their young lives which they will cherish forever.

Do UK and US versions

Furniture Of The Week: Bordered Pique Bassinet Bedding

This has to be one of the cutest Moses basket that I have never come across. Imagine the pride you will feel as new parent or parents when tucking your newborn into this sturdy and eye catching bassinet. You have the option to choose between white, chocolate, light pink and light blue piping.

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

The Amazing Twists On The Good Old Popcorns

SOURCE: Cosmopolitan

I recently came across an article via Cosmopolitan taking about one of my favourite past time snack POPCORN. And if I may add in my household we are all fans of the Marks and Spencer's sweet and salty popcorn and it usually a ritual for us to have them when we are watching films with the kids on Friday nights.

In this article by Cosmopolitan, they gave 10 alternatives to spicing up popcorns and some of their suggestions were very unusual if I may add.

Cinnamon Sugar Popcorn

-2 tablespoons of unsalted butter
-2 teaspoons of sugar
-1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon
-Edible gold glitter

Melt the butter in the microwave, stir in the cinnamon sugar, and drizzle over your popcorn. Add edible glitter.

Cookies and Cream Popcorn
-6 ounces of white chocolate chips
-A handful of mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
-Edible silver glitter

Melt the white chocolate chips in the microwave, and stir in the bag of popcorn. Sprinkle the semi-sweet chocolate chips over the mixture, and finish with a healthy dose of edible glitter.

Click on this link for 10 Prettiest Ways To Pimp Out Your Popcorn

Embellished Pineapple Jumper

Everywhere you look, you are awash with spring and summer ready outfit. But it is not usual for the weather to change without notice or for one to feel a bit chilly either early hours of the morning or late in the evening. Both plain and embellished jumpers all have their places in our wardrobes. 

So when you need an extra layer and you want something cute looking, this cotton rich sequin embellished pineapple jumper is what you need for your little girl because it is breathable as it is made of cotton and comfy.

Girls Textile Spotted Riptape Trainers By Marks And Spencer

The appeal of the textile trainers is the zesty orange colour even though you see the white spots and black trims. The white spots and black trims not only adds flairs but it also helps to make bold statement when casually dressed. Theses trainers will surely help to catch any sun that happens to come along your  way and look chic when worn with dresses, leggings or jeans.

If your daughter is sporting a luxe look this season, it would be a great choice for those who like to let their shoes do all the talking!

Friday, 11 April 2014

Kids Cambridge Classic Satchel

I love looking and buying beautiful old fashion looking items. I must admit I wasn't a fan of the Cambridge Satchel The Classic Satchel (13") from the beginning. Maybe in my mind it has the image of old fashion image belonging to bygone era.

However I seems to be warming my heart towards it, partly because I have seen kids wearing them to school and the colours of this kids satchel are such that will appeal to the young boy and girl. The bi colour design is definitely a pulling factor.

Just Like Daddy's Shoes

It's not a secret that children like to emulate their parents or even older adults that they admire. So if as an adult you already owed a pair of brogues shoes, you could also consider getting a similar pair for your little boy or girl. The kids suede wing tips shoes is made of smooth suede featuring with hand-cut perforated detailing.

Lovely Boys Bedsets by Marks and Spencer

I hope that I am not the only one but I seem to have this obsession with buying cute looking  bedsets for my children's bedroom. Though I seem to prefer them in double rather than single sets and it would nice for retailers to start selling double bed sets alongside single so that people like us have more choices. Not everyone is into the idea of buying single bedsets.

Fans of Thomas and Friends would love this colourful bedsets as it would brighten up his or her bedroom. The composition is made of polyester and cotton.

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Girls Leather Colour Block T-Bar Shoes By Simonetta

It goes to show that even little girls are into colour blocking shoes too. If in doubt take a look at these Simonetta girl's shoes which looks like different flavours of ice cream all placed together. There's nothing bad to say about these shoes, except that you need to hurry and pick up a pair if you have £132 to part as that's the cost of the shoes.

Somerset by Alice Temperley Girls' Floral Lace Dress In Cream

It's easy to look at the current offerings of flower girls dresses and say to yourself they all look the same. If that's you, I think you will agree that this floral lace dress in cream is worth considering simply because of the gorgeous cream floral design in flowery lace mesh and the collared neck feature.

Superman Onesie In Grey/Multi By John Lewis

Superman Onesie In Grey/Multi £22 By John Lewis

As an adult you need extra power to get your little boy to want to remove his superman onesie. They are perfect for a surprise present as well as birthday gift.You can see there are a lot of the Man of Steel himself showing off his ka-pow flying action which your little boy can relate with.

Available in 1 to 10 years.

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Red Rose & Wheel Print Cotton Dress By Dolce & Gabbana

Crafted in cotton, this red rose & wheel print cotton dress by Dolce & Gabbana makes a striking style perfect for the summer. What actually makes this dress so striking has to do with the wheel print and red roses. It's very bold and features a gathered empire line, rear button closure and knotted shoulder.  If you like this rustic touch, you must be willing to part with your £237 as it is the cost of this beautiful dress.

Green Youth Air Max 2014 By Nike

These green youth air max 2014 by Nike looks very stylish with its contemporary design which features the eye catching tinted in a orange and yellow ombre hue on the soles. Other features includes breathable uppers and are finished with the signature swoosh printed to the sides. For me I just love the overall colourful look of these trainers that will appeal to both boys and girls. They are perfect for their casual outings.

Cotton Rich Royal Ballet Dress By Marks And Spencer

Cotton Rich Royal Ballet Dress  (price starts from £28) By Marks And Spencer
This lovely cotton dress is one of the many collaborations between Marks and Spencer and the Royal Ballet. As well as your princess making it her go to practise ballet dress, it could also work as a gorgeous party dress too. And on days when your little girl is a playful mode it would be the perfect choice for simply playing dress up.